Dirk Brossé

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Dirk Brossé
Dirk Brossé2007.JPG
Brossé in 2007
Born (1960-02-16)16 February 1960
Heusden, Ghent, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Occupation
Website
www.dirkbrosse.be

Dirk Brossé (born 18 February 1960, Heusden, Ghent) is a Flemish Belgian composer and conductor. Since 1999 Brossé is Musical Host of the International Flanders Film Festival in Ghent and he held also the title of Music Director of the Tokyo International Music Festival. He currently conducts The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia where he was named conductor in 2010, after two "Guest Conductor" appearances with the Chamber Orchestra in 2008 and 2009.[1]

Brossé is best known for his collaborations with Belgian director Stijn Coninx. He composed the music for Coninx's Hector (1987), Koko Flanel (1989), Daens (1992), When the Light Comes (1998) and De Kavijaks (2005). Dirk Brossé is also known for conducting the music for the movies Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and The Good Thief (with music by Elliot Goldenthal) and the television series Parade's End (2012), for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.[2][3] In 2009, Dirk Brossé conducted John Williams's original music for Star Wars: In Concert.

Education[edit]

Dirk Brossé's musical studies were initially undertaken at the Royal Music Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels before focusing on conducting studies in Maastricht, Vienna and Cologne, gaining his conducting diploma from the Musikhochschule of Cologne.

Work as conductor[edit]

Dirk Brossé has been invited to conduct many of Belgian's major orchestras, including the Flemish Radio Orchestra (VRT), the National Orchestra of Belgium and the European Union Choir (Les Choeurs de l'Union européenne).

Abroad he has conducted the Milan Symphony Orchestra, the Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Shanghai, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Elgin Orchestra of Chicago, the Camerata St Petersburg, the Ulster Orchestra of Northern Ireland, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and the National Orchestras of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.

In 2001 he started working with The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra and The KBS Symphonic Orchestra of Seoul.

In 2009 he started his work with Star Wars: In Concert.

In 2008 and 2009 he had guest appearances in The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, where he later debuted as musical director in 2010, succeeding Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

Film and musical works[edit]

His works include songs, symphonic works, oratorios, chamber music and music for the theatre and film. Among his 20 distinctive film scores for award-winning films are "Daens" (Academy Award nomination 1993), "When the Light Comes", "A Peasant's Psalm", "Marie" (Nominated Overall Winner in the French Film Section at the Venice Film Festival in 1994) and the classic silent film "Visages d'Enfants".

Artists with whom he has collaborated in performance include clarinetist Sabine Meyer, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, the singers Sinéad O'Connor, Anne Cambier, Guy de Mey, Claron McFadden, Derek Lee Ragin, and, the renowned Hans Zimmer, Toots Thielemans, Howard Shore (for ‘The Aviator’) and Youssou N'Dour.

Dirk Brossé added a new dimension to the wide range of his oeuvre with his scoring of the musical "Sacco & Vanzetti" commissioned by the Theatre of the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 1996. With 92 critically acclaimed performances in the Netherlands and Belgium, this dramatic study of minority victims in a hyper-patriotic state, is now scheduled to appear on New York's Broadway.

Brossé wrote also the score for the musical based on the world-famous cartoon character "Tintin" created by Hergé, which premiered in September 2001 in Belgium.

Dirk Brossé has been granted the title 'Cultural Ambassador of Flanders'. In 1999 Brossé was invited by the City Council of Shanghai, to conduct the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in performances marking the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. In 2013 he received the Global Thinkers Forum 2013 Award for Excellence in Cultural Creativity.

Selected works[edit]

Film, theatre and musical scores[edit]

  • 1983 (1983) – Reigen (by Arthur Schnitzler) (theatre)
  • 1986 (1986) – Springen (by Jean Pierre De Decker)
  • 1986 (1986) – Marc and Nathalie (by Roland Verhaevert)
  • 1988 (1988) – Visages d'enfants (by Jaques Feyder)
  • 1988 (1988) – Boerenpsalm (by Roland Verhaevert)
  • 1988 (1988) – The Mystery of the Lamb (by Frederic Duchau)
  • 1989 (1989) – Koko Flanel (by Stijn Coninx)
  • 1989 (1989) – Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (musical)
  • 1990 (1990) – Till Eulenspiegel (by Charles De Coster) (theatre)
  • 1991 (1991) – In The Summer House (by Jane Bowles)
  • 1992 (1992) – Daens (by Stijn Coninx)
  • 1993 (1993) – Als het leven een nieuwe wending neemt (by Serge Leurs)
  • 1993 (1993) – Oost-Vlaanderen, schat van een provincie (by Frank Van Laecke)
  • 1993 (1993) – Marie (by Marian Handwerker)
  • 1995 (1995) – A Forest Is A Symphony (by WWF)
  • 1996 (1996) – Sacco and Vanzetti (musical)
  • 1997 (1997) – When The Lights Comes (by Stijn Coninx)
  • 2000 (2000) – Mijn eerste Sjeekspier (by Douglas Boswell)
  • 2001 (2001) – Tintin – Le Temple du Soleil – Le Spectacle Musical (musical)
  • 2001 (2001) – Follow Me (by Francesca Marti)
  • 2001 (2001) – Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (by Hironobu Sakaguchi) (only as conductor)
  • 2002 (2002) – Music and Fly (by Francesca Marti)
  • 2002 (2002) – The Good Thief (by Neil Jordan) (as conductor)
  • 2004 (2004) – Romance (by Douglas Boswell)
  • 2005 (2005) – Bonkers (by Martin Koolhoven)
  • 2006 (2006) – Knetter
  • 2007 (2007) – De Kavijaks (by Stijn Coninx)
  • 2007 (2007) – Brod Ludaka (by Matthias Lebeer)
  • 2008 (2008) – Samaritan
  • 2008 (2008) – Daens (musical)
  • 2012 (2012) – Parade's End
  • 2013 (2013) – Singularity
  • 2014 (2014) – 14-18 (musical)

Concert music - symphonic works[edit]

  • 1986 (1986) – On Safari
  • 1990 (1990) – Bacob Overture
  • 1991 (1991) – Music in Mycology
  • 1992 (1992) – Ouvertura
  • 1992 (1992) – La Soledad de America Latina
  • 1995 (1995) – Flanders international Film Festival Overture
  • 1995 (1995) – Artesia - Symphony Nr. 1
  • 1995 (1995) – Daens Suite
  • 1996 (1996) – Bit by Bit
  • 1996 (1996) – Principals
  • 1996 (1996) – Le Nozze di Sacco
  • 1997 (1997) – The Birth of Music - Symphony Nr. 2
  • 1997 (1997) – Light Main Theme
  • 1999 (1999) – Millennium Overture
  • 1999 (1999) – Inferno

Fanfare and orchestral works[edit]

  • 1986 (1986) – 7 Inch Framed
  • 1987 (1987) – Oscar for amnesty
  • 1989 (1989) – El Golpe Fatal
  • 1989 (1989) – Elegy for a lost Friend
  • 1992 (1992) – La Soledad de America Latina
  • 1992 (1992) – Music for a Celebration
  • 1995 (1995) – And the winner is...
  • 1998 (1998) – Black, White and in Between for violin or viola and string orchestra
  • 1999 (1999) – War Concerto for Clarinet and Symphonic-Band
  • 1999 (1999) – Elegy
  • 2000 (2000) – Milestone Overture
  • 2002 (2002) – Tintin - Prisoners of the Sun

Songs[edit]

  • 1994 (1994) – Landuytcyclus
  • 1995 (1995) – La Vida es un Sueño
  • 2000 (2000) – Beauty to the Surface brought
  • 2003 (2003) – I loved you
  • 2006 (2006) – Hope from Artesia for soprano, viola or English horn and piano
  • 2009 (2009) – Claron Sings Brossé-Crazy Diamonds

Oratorio[edit]

  • 2000 (2000) – Juanelo Charles V

Choir music[edit]

  • 2003 (2003) – Cogito, Ergo Sum

Conducted works[edit]

References[edit]

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